Our evening sale of Swiss Art at Sotheby’s Zurich was a celebration of the legacy of the Giacometti family, as collectors competed to own emblematic works by Switzerland’s most renowned artistic dynasty. There was intense competition for a Giovanni Giacometti’s majestic landscape Brugnetta / Der einsame Berghof: bidding came tantalisingly close to CHF 1 million with the painting selling for CHF 970,000 / €933,749 (Lot 22, est. CHF 500,000 - 600,000).
Greatly admired during the pre-sale exhibitions, a group of works by Giovanni’s second cousin, Augusto Giacometti, also took pride of place. In particular, collectors recognised the quality and importance of three sumptuous oil paintings of flowers, among them Rosen, 1928 which sold beyond the high estimate for CHF 93,750 / €90,246 (lot 40, est. CHF 70,000 - 90,000). A further standout lot by Augusto Giacometti was Herbstwald, a stunning and luminous work of symbolism tending towards abstraction, which demonstrates the painter’s talent through exquisite decorative touches.
We are thrilled to be offering an array of masterworks in our upcoming Swiss Art sale on 2 June 2015. The auction is led by a magnificent painting by Giovanni Giacometti: a view of the artist’s homeland Bergell, executed around 1907. Further highlights include five works by Augusto Giacometti; a highly atmospheric landscape and an exceptional nude by Félix Vallotton; three wonderful paintings by Adolf Dietrich; as well as important works by Ferdinand Hodler, Cuno Amiet, Camille Graeser and François Bocion.